The 21 bike group ride.....

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  1. Joe Watson

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    My ride began with heading to <st1:place>Kenilworth</st1:place> rather early to meet up with a couple of fellow Stromers. We headed through <st1:street><st1:address>Sunday Creek Road</st1:address></st1:street> which was particularly rocky and met up with part of the crew at the Jimna fire tower.<o:p></o:p>
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    Our then three bikes very quickly became a 16 strong bike brigade! Two of the riders decided to head to Murgon a different route and meet us there. With such a big group, this was not going to be a bad thing at all.<o:p></o:p>
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    Up through the Kilcoy Murgon road we made great time and were in Murgon for a quick stop in no time. Waiting for a while for the others who went a different direction we soon realized that they were going to be a fair way behind us, so we headed on to Hivesville for our last drops of fuel before the big stretch of 300ks without any fuel/towns etc.<o:p></o:p>
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    At this point, I must say, I don’t have a whole lot of photos as I was busy organizing things and having a blast riding, the others in the group have a good amount though and will be shared in this thread soon.<o:p></o:p>
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    Once we got to Hivesville we realized that we were missing a few of the crew and our sweep, after farting around and me heading back to Murgon and then back to Hivesville again (70odd ks) we finally all re-grouped after just a series of minor errors which separated the group. So our group now consisted of 18. Four of which decided to peel off and head a different way, which again, was fine as it was big numbers to try to keep together, turns out, they went nearly the same way at the start, but then got lost and had a long haul on the slab to Taroom and only got there 10mins before us.<o:p></o:p>
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    It was fantastic riding all through Allies Creek, Auburn Station and Cockatoo with awesome roads, great scenery and great company. <o:p></o:p>
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    We got into Taroom, like I had promised, before <st1:time minute="0" hour="17">5pm</st1:time>. Fueled the bikes up ready for the morning, set up camp and headed to the pub for a meal, drinks and great company. Everyone retired rather early due to a big days riding with most people putting in a solid 700ks for the day.<o:p></o:p>
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    Day two had everyone was up early, packed up and in town for some breaky. Our now 21 strong battalion departed at <st1:time minute="0" hour="8">8am</st1:time> we departed, heading east toward Mundubbera. Again, fantastic roads, great scenery and great riding. Jarred, our sweep from day one, was the first casualty with a puncture. Three of the group decided to start hooking home as they had family duties etc.<o:p></o:p>
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    The rest of the crew enjoyed magnificent roads all they way to Mundubbera with only two minor offs from the legendary ladies who participated in the ride.<o:p></o:p>
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    From Mundubbera came my favourite bit of road, that has been for a long time. The Gaynda – Hivesville road, great sweeping corners, dipping and weaving all over the place. <o:p></o:p>
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    A re-group and bite to eat in Murgon and we were on our way again. People were peeling off in different directions every time we stopped, heading back their directions. We stopped along the Murgon – Kilcoy road and farewelled the others while the three Strom riders from the coast made our way back toward Gympie. What a fantastic way to end the weekend too! The road across the range and back down to Gympie was a PEARLER!!!!<o:p></o:p>
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    Getting home before 5 I had time to reflect on the ride. Fantastic company, fantastic riding and a great weekend had by all, what more could you ask for. That and 21 BIKES all from one little post on the internet, great stuff!<o:p></o:p>
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    For the others from the ride, please post up all of your pics here, I will post up the things from the other thread for you, but if anyone hasn’t shared yet, please do. If anyone wants any full resolution pics, just PM the owner and ask cause there are some great pics in amongst the bunch. <o:p></o:p>
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  2. Joe Watson

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    Ralph picked up a brand new 990 during the week a couldn't have come up with a better way to run it in. Good on ya mate.

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    Met up with the more of the group at Jimna.

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    Amanda and the mighty XT 250 "Couldn't kill it with a stick"

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    Dusty, let me tell you about dusty.

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  5. GB

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    Looks like a good group ride, thanks for the report and pics :thumb
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  6. oz_mick

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    Looks like you all had a fun weekend, maybe next time my kiddie caring duties will not conflict.
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  7. Thorne

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    Looks like you guys had an awesome time
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    excellent !
    thanks for sharing the pictures
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    And thus the annual "Taroom or KABOOM" ride was born :clap
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    Hi Trev, yep it sure looked like a beauty :Thumb
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  15. zEe4mE

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    Hi Guys,
    It's Jeremy here I just joined the forum and I was on this ride with the black DRZ and tagged along with Trev.

    This was my first adventure ride and I had an awesome time (even though I only rode the Sunday).

    I'm an absolute noobie with almost no riding experience, my last bike was an 83 CR80 when I was in high school (no I never raced it either, just bush bashed), so I didn't really know what to expect.

    Due to work committments by the time this ride was over I had been awake for about 28hrs but was having way too much fun to feel tired.

    Thankyou to all for making me feel welcome and showing me what it's all about. I can safely say that I'm hooked.

    Apparently I picked a cracker of a ride to go on for my first adv ride so I hope there's plenty more of these. :lol3

    Cheers all and thanks again.
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    Looks like a great ride, gravel/dirt roads are my favorite.
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  18. Joe Watson

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    I am glad you had a good time mate. Just wait until you get into some good multi-day rides, that is where the fun is I think!
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  19. zEe4mE

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    Thanks Joe I think you're right, an over-nighter would be great. Thanks for organising this one you did a great job. Can't wait for the next one.

    I think Trev was wanting to organise a ride based out of Eidsvold for 2 days. This should be a cracker also as he knows a heap of back roads and tracks all over the place. More than 2 days worth anyway I reckon.

    Guess I'll just have to come along and help plan a route hey Trev? :clap
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  20. trevdr650

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    There's Kroombit tops , Canarvan gorge . Boolboonda tunnel , mines and tunnels at kalpowar I know about but havnt seen yet. also need a group shot when we get to wherever the destination is counter meal at Mulgildie pub is definatly on the agenda got cheap meals and they do good feeds for groups. I have organized Friday Saturday night feeds and Sat Sun morning feeds at eidsvold. We had a Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday night (Im in the Chamber of commerce) and we could cater for barbque type meals at nights and bacon & egg / cereal type meals mornings. walking distance to pub (400 Metres) might even be able to sell grog as theres a bar at the showgrounds. thinking of a lop out and back on saturday so when you arive friday or saturday you can leave camping gear at show grounds so travel lightly on ride. thats my thoughts. With Jez to help now (Chris/Darren also??) we will pick challenging and scenic loops. and put some dates out there as Jes and I both do shitt on call hours. prob late January Februry (watch this space):norton
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